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Empowering women and promoting gender equality in the workplace in Iraq  

TUC Aid project
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Project summary

Empowering women and promoting gender equality in the workplace in Iraq   

Budget: £11,893

TUC Aid is working with the General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions (GFITU) and the International Trade Union Confederation to deliver a project aimed at empowering women workers, and promoting their rights in workplaces, communities and homes. The project focuses on training and education, organising workers, campaigning against the structural causes of gender discrimination, and tackling the serious problem of violence and harassment against women in the workplace.  

Project activities include:

  • Training for 25 female trade union representatives from different sectors on women’s rights, national legislation, the Iraqi Labour Code, and international labour standards including Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment.
  • Setting up of study circles by trained trade union representatives with support from the GFITU – to share information and experiences related to gender discrimination, and increase awareness about women’s rights.
  • Funding training to build organising capacity for one trade union representative at the ITUC’s Organising Academy, and trade union organising through the study circles.
  • Distribution of educational materials about women’s rights and tackling violence and harassment - in the workplace and through study circles.
  • Building a network of activists to promote women’s rights in the workplace and wider community.
  • Develop and disseminate a video to promote women’s rights – via social media.

Project progress (March 2021)

In February 2020, the project funded costs for one trade union participant to attend the ITUC’s Organising Academy in Tunis. This is helping to build the union’s organising capacity.

Implementation of other project activities has been delayed due to the political situation in Iraq and the impacts of coronavirus. Project activities will resume in March 2021. 

Project activities resumed in March 2021 with the 3-day training held for female trade union representatives.

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